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Emerald Village - 3 miles from Parkway at Little Switzerland. Gem mining, gold panning, mine tours, waterfall, free exhibits, real mines, fun…
Gem Mountain - Located at MP 331. Mine trips to an active mine. Flume mining at its best. Free fluorescent mineral display,…
Grandfather’s lofty heights offer guests opportunities for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories in a natural haven that will endure forever. Marvel at 360-degree views from the Mile High Swinging Bridge, stand eye-to-eye with bears, cougars, otters, eagles and deer in natural habitats and interact with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two… Read More
High Gravity Adventures Zip Line & Aerial Adventure Park – MP 291.9 Boone/Blowing Rock. High Country adventure for the whole family. Experience our award-winning zip line tour, scream on the giant swing, and explore 75+ challenges in our aerial adventure park. Tickets and information available online at http://www.highgravityadventures.com… Read More
Linville Caverns – North Carolina’s only show caverns. Open daily March thru November, weekends only December through February. Courteous, experienced guides, outstanding gift shop. Located on US 221 between Linville and Marion, just 4 miles south of the Parkway-Exit Parkway at Milepost 317.4. Turn left on US 221 toward Linville… Read More
Mystery Hill has been amazing Parkway visitors for over 70 years. Fun and educational for the entire family. Explore North Carolina’s only Natural Gravitational Anomaly (see above photo), experience hands-on science activities, create giant soap bubbles big enough to surround an adult, try… Read More
The Blowing Rock – Breathtaking view 4090 feet above John’s River Gorge. Prevailing winds return light objects thrown over the void. Hwy. 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC. www.theblowingrock.com. Read More
As the Carolinas’ first theme park, Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction where guests can relive the Wild West featuring a ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a historic steam locomotive. Children of all ages enjoy western themed shows, amusement rides, shopping, panning for gold, and the animals… Read More